Tyson Fury's next fight won't be vs. Deontay Wilder, Bob Arum says

Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew – Manchester Arena

Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew – Manchester Arena

Tyson Fury's camp has confirmed that the British heavyweight will make Anthony Joshua his focus for 2021 after his December bout with Deontay Wilder was abandoned. "A quick and easy fight", Fury told The Athletic.

"Wilder and his team were messing around with the date", Fury said.

Londoner Joshua could relinquish the belt and not face Usyk, but that would mean Joshua vs Fury won't be for the undisputed title, which is what so many boxing enthusiasts really want to see. They know how it ends. The world knows how it will end: again with Wilder on the ass.

"I've been training, I'm ready". I agreed on December 19th, "claimed Fury".

The 32-year-old Brit was scheduled to fight Wilder on December 19th, but over the past few weeks organizers Bob Arum and Frank Warren have made it clear that this year it is extremely unlikely, if not impossible, to hold the event this year.

There's room for the WBA to grant a temporary waiver to Joshua to open the door to the blockbuster with Fury, but should the WBO deny the request then it's likely that Joshua will have to relinquish the WBO belt for the Fury fight to move ahead in 2021.

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Joshua still has to come through his fight with Kubrat Pulev, due to take place by the end of the year.

Fury is now lining up a defence of his WBC crown at London's famous Royal Albert Hall on December 5 against an opponent in the top 15 of the WBC's rankings.

However, SunSport has revealed that Fury's attempt to scrap the Wilder trilogy has not been ratified by the WBC. Both fighters had contractually agreed to a rematch clause that could be exercised by either one of them.

The all-British fight is understood to be earmarked for the spring at Wembley Stadium, if the government lifts fan restrictions by then, or in either the Middle East or China.

The WBC has been a staunch supporter of Fury's, sanctioning his original shock December 2018 bid for their title after he had gone three years without a competitive fight - that ended in a controversial draw. Wilder could immediately be seen after the stoppage angrily yelling at Breland along the ring apron "Why did you do that?"

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